“The moisture on the walls slowly dripped down, leaving a glistening trail behind. Every now and then a drop hit the floor, making a soft noise in otherwise silent and dark hallways. Throughout the underground vaults there was a weird kind of mist. A mist that seemed to radiate a faint smell of decay. Despite being so deep underground there was a noticeable draft and she shiffered involuntarily. The beam of the flashlight she brought down with her had seemed so bright when she was still above ground but here, most of the light seemed to be absorbed by that same strange mist and the surrounding darkness. The small lightbundel that remained was barely enough to see where she could plant her feet.
Large cobwebs were everywhere and every now and then a sticky thread would get lodged on her face or hair. Absentmindedly she wondered how those spiders would survive so deep below ground. There seemed to be no other life form and even the webs were hanging there empty and useless. Far of in the distance there was a faint light shimmering and she used that as a beaken to guide her. She had no idea if she would find her target there or if it would even be here but the light, at least, gave her the idea that something should be. The further she proceeded the colder the flow of air became and she was glad she had put on a thick sweater. Despite the cold draft and despite the damp mist she started sweating….”
No don’t worry I have not lost my mind… That is the beginning of ‘Rainbow House’ a horror story I wrote somewhere in my twenties or maybe I even started before that. I thought I had lost the entire story or at least the digital version, but because of the writing we did in Plate2Page I started searching and I found it! It was somewhere on one of the harddrives. Safely tucked away in a document folder I hadn’t looked at for ages. I even decided I would be printing this in hardcopy as it’s a fun reminder of what I used to do..When I wrote this (still on a DOS computer with Wordperfect!! Yes, I am THAT old! lol…) there was no such thing as selfpublishing like Blurb or Lulu and apart from printing out all thepages there was no way you could ever print your own book. But yesterday I quickly changed the format from A4 to A5, made it into a PDF, uploaded the thing to Lulu and ordered the book. Yes, all 568 pages of Rainbow House will be in my bookshelf… It’s in Dutch by the way, so this is translated but it would not seriously interested anyone other then myself. It’s a shaky narrative at best as the story is written in a time period of about 10 to 15 years and changed so many times in between I honestly don’t know what it’s about anymore. Well vaguely; it’s about 3 girls living in this old house (Rainbow House) in the South of England and they find large vaults under the house and guess what…? Something else lives there too… Whoohoo… Haha… Anyway, just thought it was fun to mention. But now on to more pressing matters and this delicious recipe I wanted to share with you today…
The original recipe is from Donna Hay’s magazine but it’s slightly changed..
Pasta with shrimps and cucumber
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 min
- 200 gr rigatoni pasta
- 200 gr cooked prawns, peeled
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1/2 tbs of lemon zest
- 1 clove of garlic crused
- 70 gr natural yogurt
- 25 gr rocketcress
- Cook the pasta in a large pan with salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until al dente. Drain and return to the pan with the prawns and cucumber and toss to combine.
- Put the yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Pour the yogurtmixture over the pasta and toss well.
- Top with the rocketcress to serve.
Adapted from Donna Hay